The Beach

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Yup, I took the title straight from Leonardo DiCaprio’s 2000 movie, which itself was drawn from a novel of the same name. Why? It’s just one of my less creative days I guess, where every word I could think of for a title to this article just doesn’t seem to stick…where everything sounds too lame, and all I could do is just go for the simplest one. But perhaps that’s the beauty of it…the simplicity.

My family and some friends spent a long weekend in Laiya, a quite popular beach area south of Manila. And while it’s not quite Boracay (powdery white sand is not in the list of things you would find here for example), with good company it’s a good enough place to chill. Far from the big city – but not too far, quiet – but not too isolated, and a little expensive – but not prohibitive.

Spending most days of the year in a big city, where the horizon is covered by the jagged lines of high rise buildings, the sight of the wide open sea is something to look forward to. They say simplicty is beauty, and there’s nothing simpler and more beautiful than seeing nothing but sea and sky, all the way until the two of them seemingly meet, on the “edge” of the Earth.

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* Photos were taken from Acuaverde resort in Laiya, Batangas last August 2014.

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